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Policy Update #4: The Sustainable Development Landscape: Journey to the Post-2015 Development Agenda[viewed]

When the 69th UN General Assembly opened in September, negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda remained an abstract concept in many ways.

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Nepalese Communities to Form Civil Society Mountain Initiative[viewed]

Participants called for addressing climate change and improving the livelihoods of mountain peoples in the Rara Declaration, which was agreed upon at a conference in Rara, Nepal. Participants also agreed to form the Nepalese Civil Society Mountain Initiative (NCSMI), which will, inter alia, advocate for mountain issues in discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and UN meetings on biodiversity, climate change and desertification.

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LAC Review Supports Mainstreaming Gender, Human Rights in Post-2015 Agenda[viewed]

Delegates from 21 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean reaffirmed their commitment to the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) and to removing barriers to women's active participation in public and private life. In an Outcome Statement, the region's governments also call for a specific target on gender equality in the post-2015 development agenda, and for mainstreaming gender and human rights in all the objectives, targets and indicators.

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Side Event Highlights Data in SDG Implementation[viewed]

Governments and stakeholders discussed data and development at a panel discussion organized by the Netherlands' Mission to the UN, the UN Foundation, and Leiden University. 'Data for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Monitoring Post-2015 Progress and Implementation' featured an expert discussion of data's importance in monitoring the post-2015 development agenda, and potential pitfalls of data collection.

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Parliaments, UN Discuss Shared Responsibilities in SDGs, Post-2015 Process[viewed]

During a Parliamentary Hearing at the UN, participants examined the responsibilities shared by governments and parliaments in ensuring that people are at the center of the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The annual hearing was organized jointly by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the UN.

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UNICEF Report Calls for Innovation to Address Inequalities Among Children[viewed]

“Brave, fresh thinking” and innovation are needed to overcome age-old inequalities that prevent children from surviving, thriving and maximizing their potential, according to The State of the World's Children 2015, ‘Reimagine the Future.' The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) launched the report on the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention of the Rights of the Child.

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Regional Review Urges Bold Action for Gender Equality in Africa[viewed]

Ministers from African countries adopted a Declaration calling for achieving gender equality by 2030, at the Ninth Regional Conference on Women. The Declaration aligns with the gender equality goals contained in Africa's Agenda 2063.

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ILO Finds Richer Countries Reducing, Developing Countries Expanding Social Protection[viewed]

A policy paper from the International Labour Organization (ILO) finds that high-income countries have reduced social protection benefits in the past five years, while many developing countries are expanding social services.

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ICN2 Endorses “Landmark” Rome Declaration on Nutrition[viewed]

Participants endorsed the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and an accompanying technical Framework for Action to guide the Declaration's implementation, at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN 2). The conference was jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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UN Highlights ISID on Africa Industrialization Day[viewed]

The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) and the Office of the Permanent Observer of the African Union (AU) hosted a High-level panel discussion on 'Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID): African Agro Industry for Food Security' to commemorate Africa Industrialization Day 2014.

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